November 28, 2018

(Montpelier) – The Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives, Mitzi Johnson, has appointed Kim Nolan to serve a four-year term on the Vermont Commission on Women.

Ms. Nolan is an Executive Leadership Team member and Senior Director of City Market Co-op, a community-owned food cooperative with two locations in Burlington.

A community-based leader, educator, and consultant, Ms. Nolan facilitates collaborative processes across teams, building safe relationships, and achieving desired outcomes within larger systems.  Ms. Nolan has worked closely with leaders and diverse teams for 25 years, helping create engaged workplaces and learning environments that make a positive impact on the world.

Prior to joining the leadership team of City Market, Ms. Nolan served as Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Master’s program in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University. Prior to that, she was Program Officer of the Mind and Life Institute, designing the Academy of Contemplative and Ethical Leadership (ACEL), and also served as Department Chair and Lead Faculty of Integral Psychology at Burlington College, where she founded The Institute of Contemplative Studies.

Ms. Nolan was also Founder and Executive Director of the Dignity Foundation, through which she taught self-care and mindfulness in schools and in human service agencies and provided coaching to leaders seeking contemplative practice.

Commissioner Nolan holds a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University and a M.Ed. from Boston University in Counseling Psychology.   She has been a champion for women’s rights and issues of gender equity since grade school student council. She is ordained as a Buddhist Chaplain and is a lifelong activist for social change and an advocate for human rights.

October 1, 2018

Vermont Commission on Women stands with all survivors of sexual assault and violence.

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Looking for more resources on this topic? Link to the Violence section of our resource directory, here.

Looking for information on this topic?  Read the Violence Against Women and Children chapter in our Legal Rights of Women in Vermont handbook. 

September 18, 2018

What do health care, child care, paid family and medical leave, education, and mental health have in common?  According to preliminary results from Vermont Commission on Women’s statewide Listening Project survey, these are the top areas of concern for women in Franklin county.

Join the Commission as they explore this topic in depth.  On Thursday evening, September 27th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at St. Albans City Hall, the Commission hosts “Economic Challenges in Franklin County: Listening Project Forum.”   Kicking off the conversation, local experts from Let’s Grow Kids, Main Street Alliance Vermont, Northwestern Counseling & Support Services, and RiseVT address conditions for women and girls in Franklin County. The focus then switches to audience participation and discussion, where area residents share their experience, learn from others, and shape the work of the Commission. 

This event is part of the Commission’s statewide Listening Project,  asking what needs aren’t being met for Vermont women, what most affects their ability to provide for themselves or their families, and how the Commission can support efforts to improve the economic well-being of women in our state.  This event is free, and refreshments will be served.  Learn more: on Facebook  or at


September 18, 2018

Brattleboro area residents will share their story at Vermont Commission on Women’s  Listening Project event, “The Hidden Side of Women’s Lives in Our Community,”  hosted by area Commissioners at Brooks Memorial Library, Wednesday, September 26th from  6:00 - 7:30 pm.

“This an opportunity for community members to shape the work of our Commission,” said Brattleboro Commissioner, Kerry Secrest.  “Brattleboro is one of three locations where we’re gathering Vermonters together.  We want to listen to the real-world experiences of women in our community, their stories, the challenges they encounter in their everyday lives.”

This event is an extension of the Commission’s statewide Listening Project survey. The survey asks what needs aren’t being met for Vermont women, what most effects their abilities to provide for themselves or their families, and what can be done to help.  The survey has been distributed at events around the state, by organizations aligned with the Commission’s mission to advance rights and opportunities for women, and online at

“Preliminary survey results from our region indicate some of the top economic concerns for women were health care, including mental health, housing, child care, and retirement,” reported Brattleboro Commissioner, Emilie Kornheiser.  “We’re eager to hear more - and to listen.  Information gathered at this event will help us to understand conditions for women, and to prioritize our work.”

A report with Listening Project findings and recommendations will be presented to policy makers in 2019.   Commission director Cary Brown and Commissioner Carol Buchdahl of Saxton’s River will also be present.

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August 21, 2018

 The Senate Committee on Committees has appointed Kellie B. Campbell of Georgia, Vermont, to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women.

Ms. Campbell is an Associate Director in Information Technology (IT) for Saint Michael’s College, and directs hybrid and online programs for the Accelerated Summer College.

Addressing the Commission’s objective, to advance rights and opportunities for Vermont women, Ms. Campbell said, “We live in an era where our roles of advocacy cannot just be our voices, but our actions through policy and change. Strides have been made, but more work faces us. The chance to carry this work out in my home state, where I was born and raised, is very exciting.”

Ms. Campbell was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont where she lived until she pursued  higher education.  “I was raised by a single mother, and surrounded by women who worked hard to provide for their families and overcame many barriers.  They were and are my inspiration to be a voice for others.  I also feel the years I lived in the Kingdom, and now just north of Burlington, ground me in just how beautifully diverse Vermont is.  We cannot assume the challenges, or opportunities, are the same for women throughout the state.”    Ms. Campbell looks forward to learning, listening, and serving.

Ms. Campbell’s volunteer time reflects significant commitment to advancing women in leadership.  She is an active committee member of The Boston Club, one of the largest communities of women executives and professional leaders in the Northeast. Focused around the advancement of women to top leadership roles across the private, public and nonprofit sectors, the club, and its members, believe that more women in significant and visible leadership roles will generate better business performance, and strengthen economic health in our communities.   Ms. Campbell is also on the Executive Board for Vermont Women in Higher Education (VWHE).  This organization’s strategic priorities include providing opportunities for professional development, engaging in an inclusive community of women, and recognizing the successes of women.

Ms. Campbell has a strong background in business, technology, education, leadership and management, completing her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, her Master of Science in Business Management and Administration, and will complete her Doctor of Education, focused in higher education administration, this year.


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